Varanasi is considered the holiest of India’s seven holy cities. It is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest ion India. Varanasi is referred by many sobriquets including, “the city of light” and “the city of learning”. Gautama Buddha is believed to have delivered his first sermon in Varanasi. It is sometimes called Benaras or Kashi.
Places to Stay
Many hotels in Varanasi are suitable for budget travellers which include the City Inn (Rs 900), Hotel River Place (Rs 700) and Hotel Padmini International (Rs 1200)
Dhrupad Mela, celebrated every year in February-March is one of the major events in Varanasi. Mahashivrathri held in February is one of the major festivals celebrated here.
Hindi is the local language spoken in Varanasi. English and Urdu are commonly used languages.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Varanasi are Ramnagar Dashashwamedh Ghat, Annapurna Temple all located within 15 kms.
How to Get There
Varanasi is served by Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, which is approximately 26 km from the city centre in Babatpur. Domestic flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other cities are available here.
Varanasi Junction, commonly known as Varanasi Cantt Railway Station, is the city's largest train station. It is one of the busiest train stations with over 200 hundred passing through each day.
NH2, NH7 and NH56 run through Varanasi connecting it to major centers such Delhi, Kanpur, Kolkata and Agra as well as Lucknow. The best bus operators that offer quality service include UPSTRC, Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.
Hubli also known as Hubbali is the fastest growing city in Karnataka, after the state capital Bangalore. The Kannada word “Hubbali” when translated in English means “Flowering creeper”. Cotton and peanuts are grown in abundance here. Logistics, machine tools industries, steel, pharma, leather, tanning and rubber industries contribute majorly to Hubli’s economy. Well connected by road, rail and air, Hubli shall soon have a Monorail project in order to boost the inter-city transport. Food specialties, colleges, a fine university and tourist places make Hubli a must-visit.
Budget Hotels in Hubli
Good budget hotels exist in Hubli. There is Hotel Peacock (Tariff – Rs. 1000), Hotel Ajantha (Tariff – Upto Rs. 1000) and Hotel Ashray Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500).
Hubli’s official language is Kannada. The other languages spoken here are Marathi, Urdu and English.
Events in Hubli
The important event celebrated in Hubli is Dharwad Utsav held in November.
Places to See in Hubli
There are several tourist attractions in Hubli. These include Indira Gandhi Glass House (2.1 km), Kittur Rani Chennamma Circle (2.5 km), Unkal Lake (3.4 km),Siddharoodha Math (4 km), Nrupatunga Hill (5.2 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to this town is Hubli Airport, which is approximately 6.5 km away.
Well connected to several cities, Hubli Railway Station has a state-of-the art food and shopping plaza.
There are bus services to Hubli from Hyderabad, Mangalore, Gulbarga and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Kesineni Travels, SRS Travels, and VRL Travels. To book a bus ticket you no longer need to go to a bus counter, as online tickets are available on bus booking portals.